Jerry A. Ulrich

Associate Professor, School of Music
Director, Choral Activities
(404) 894-8992

ASCAP award-winning arranger/composer Jerry Ulrich is originally from Illinois, where he received his early training in music and interest in songwriting. His compositions and arrangements are in the catalogs of six publishers in the US and abroad. His music has been performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and on national radio and television, as well asthroughout Europe, Asia, and Australia.

He has composed commissioned works for professional choirs and orchestras, including the Grammy-award winning Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and has written music for colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Ulrich is currently director of choral activities in the School of Music, where he directs two mixed choirs and the all-male Georgia Tech Glee Club. Ulrich came to Atlanta from LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts (the Fame school) in New York City, where his choirs were featured in all major NYC concert venues and on national and international television and radio.

Ulrich's prior teaching experience includes university positions in Ohio and New York. During 1990-1991 he was Visiting Fulbright Professor of Music at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland. His early training included four years singing with legendary conductor Robert Shaw in the Atlanta Symphony Chorus and Chamber Chorus.

In the past ten years, five different choral ensembles under his direction have appeared over a dozen times at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. 

Educational Background

1977 - B.M. with Honors (Music Education), Eastern Illinois University - Charleston

1978 - Master of Music (Choral Conducting), Southern Methodist University – Dallas, TX

1986- D.M.A. (Conducting and Literature), University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music


  • Choral Conducting
  • Music Education

In my work, teaching and research are inexorably intertwined and inform one another. As an agent of change, I use the collaborative process to envision possibilities, imagine new paradigms, involve colleagues in a variety of disciplines and institutions, and develop student ownership in the process of rehearsal, performance, and research. This comprehensive approach is often counterintuitive to the more “traditional” single-focused conservatory curricula. But music in general, and choral music in particular, is an ideal medium for cultural interface, interdisciplinary experiences, cross-campus interactions, and individual growth. Permeating this collaborative fabric, the philosophical drivers of diversity and inclusion are vital and recurring themes. Choral program innovation and development, composition and arranging, and presentation/guest conducting are my primary areas of focus. Although separate, they are distinctly interrelated and have consistently proven to be the most effective vehicles for realizing my creative goals.

Recent Publications

  • Ulrich, J. (Accepted for Publication). It’s Not Your Grandfather’s Society! Rethinking Barbershop Singing in Your High School Choral Program. Music Educators National Conference.
  • Ulrich, J. (March, 2009) Preparing the Conductor as Teacher. Music Educator’s Journal, 95 (3), 48-52.
  • Ulrich, J. (2008). Engaging the iPod Generation: Perspectives from a New Generation of Conductors. Choral Journal, 48 (8), 36-44.
  • Ulrich, J. (2004). Spotlight on Transition to Teaching Music. MENC: Music Educators National Conference, Reston Virginia, 158

Original Compositions

  • St. John’s Carol Anthem (SAB chorus, assembly, keyboard and C instrument), GIA Publications (Chicago, IL) G-6875 (2008).
  • I Know a Garden (SATB chorus, piano), Yelton Rhodes Music (Los Angeles, California) YR1U11 (2007).
  • Palm Sunday Anthem (Mixed choir, organ), Neil A. Kjos Music Company (San Diego, California) 9075 (2007).
  • Music, when Soft Voices die (SSAA and violoncello), Yelton Rhodes Music (Los Angeles, California) YR1U12 (2007).
  • Gaelic Benediction (SAB chorus, piano, with optional C instrument), Abingdon Press, (Nashville, Tennessee) 9780687646524 (2007).
  • When You Are Old and Gray (SAB chorus and piano), Yelton Rhodes Music, (Los Angeles, California) YR1U13 (2007).
  • David’s Lamentation (SATB chorus divisi), Colla Voce Music, Inc. (Indianapolis, Indiana) 40-96640 (2006).


  • Ye Banks and Braes (SAB chorus, piano), Hinshaw Music, (Chapel Hill, North Carolina) HMC2121 (2007).
  • Walkin’ Up The King’s Highway (SATB chorus and optional piano), Abingdon Press (Nashville, Tennessee) 0687495202 (2005). 

Recent Courses

MUSI 1201 - Chorale                                    

MUSI 2201 - Chorale                                   

MUSI 3201 - Chorale                                   

MUSI 4201 - Chorale                                   

MUSI 1211 - Chamber Choir                       

MUSI 2211 - Chamber Choir                       

MUSI 3211 - Chamber Choir                       

MUSI 4211 - Chamber Choir                       

MUSI 1221 - Glee Club                                   

MUSI 2221 - Glee Club                                   

MUSI 3221- Glee Club                                   

MUSI 4221 - Glee Club

MUSI 4813 - Special Topics R01